PHNOM PENH: Later this month, ten Cambodian youth representatives will join their peers from Japan and other Southeast Asian countries on an expedition to broaden their perspective of the world, strengthen their spirit of international cooperation, and practical skills for international collaboration. The youth leaders will embark on the 47th The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) in Tokyo on November 29 for an unforgettable experience.
Meeting with the ten young people selected on November 8, Second Vice President of the National Assembly Vong Sauth encouraged them to work hard to develop their abilities to help build the nation.
Vice President of SSEAYP Cambodia, La Sopheak, said that the ten Cambodian youth representatives will embark on their trip from November 29 to December 8 with the goal of promoting Japan-ASEAN youth friendship, expanding their understanding of the wider world and strengthening the spirit of international cooperation.
She said that Cambodia’s participation in the Japanese youth program was important because it allows Cambodia to show its progress and also promotes tourism to the country.
"When our young people go, the instructions are to show their ability to show the economic stability and other features of Cambodia to the international arena”.
Vong Sauth said that Cambodia’s ability to achieve peace in the 1990’s allowed younger Cambodians the opportunity to study and expand their knowledge, which has maintained peace in the country. He added that young people should take advantage of opportunities to develop themselves so that they can continue the work of nation building.
"Even though the situation is good, it is not perfect," he said. “It starts from our ourselves. It’s [knowledge] this is what I want to value to help our youth. They are a resource for the future. I won’t be standing here forever. The natural law says we will be gone one day.”
He also commended Cambodia’s new administration for carrying the torch passed from the previous generation.
SSEAYP International Cambodia was established on November 7, 2004 by alumni of the program with the support of the Ministry of Education. Every year, the Ministry selects ten youth from more than 600 applicants to participate in the youth exchange.